Commissioned by Ginkgo Projects
We are currently working on a new willow-art and community songwriting project with community groups in Hartcliffe, due to complete in February 2020. The project is exploring what would encourage Hartcliffe residents to access a new wild green space that is being created in Hartcliffe. Currently resident on this space is a rare blue butterfly called 'cupido minimus', which is where the project takes it's inspiration.
We are working with Hartcliffe Children's Centre, Hareclive Primary, Bridge Learning Campus, students with a learning disability from City of Bristol College, a football team of Hartcliffe teenagers, Dundry Older People's Forum and adult wellbeing groups led by Avon Wildlife Trust to create a procession of illuminated willow butterflies, on the site where the new wild green space will be. The butterflies are being created by sculptor Sophie Howard, and the butterfly wings will be designed and decorated by the community groups.
This procession will be filmed by Anna Haydock Wilson, and the soundtrack will be a song inspired from verbatim quotations from Hartcliffe residents about nature and green spaces, and also recorded by Hartcliffe community members.
A Song for Knowle West, 2018
Commissioned by Knowle West Media Centre
We were artists in residence from May - November 2018 at Knowle West Media Centre as part of their Living Working Making Together project.
During our residency we visited many community groups of all ages in Knowle West to gather lyrics, riffs and rhythms inspired by the community members we worked with. This became a new three-part song which we recorded at Knowle West Media Centre in October 2018. The recording was transferred onto an interative 'Song Station' which enables people to not only listen to the song, but also remix and upload their own versions to SoundCloud. The Song Station was exhibited at Knowle West Media Centre from November 2018 to April 2019, before going on a tour of other community venues including Filwood Community Centre and Filwood Library.
The Avona Project, Festival of Nature 2016
Commissioned by Bristol Natural History Consortium
Our largest community festival commission to date, we worked with over 200 local people aged 3 to over 80 alongside five community choirs, sculptor Sophie Howard and St Peter's Primary in Bishopsworth to create 'Avona' a processional wicker-sculpture representing the Goddess of the Avon River, and her song, The Avona Shanty.
'The Avona Shanty was created from people's personal connections to the Avon River. Over fifty individual river stories were gathered as part of our Avona Project for the Festival of Nature. These stories were turned into a song performed by a massed community choir of over 70 voices at the Bristol Harbourside, by local Bristol band Red Ray & the Reprobates in Keynsham, and by community choirs in Bath.
Hear a rehearsal of The Avona Shanty recorded in 2016 by members of Big Friendly Choir, Riff Raff Choir and Bring Your Own Baby Choir.
The Investigators, Bristol Bright Night, 2015
Commissioned by Bristol University Department for Public Engagement
Bristol Bright Night was part of a huge international European Researchers Night. We were commissioned to direct four short pieces of street theatre that illustrated current scientific research happening in Bristol, and to write and direct a fifth new piece, "Do Not Disturb" which illustrated a research project about how sunflowers sychronise their internal biorhythms by presenting a yoga class for sunflowers.
Theatre students from Bristol University performed these pieces in strategic places around the city, beginning outside the Victoria Rooms, proceeded to the harbourside, Queens' Square and culminating in performances at We The Curious.